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Hamas Breeding New Generation of Anti-Israel Hate at Terror Summer Camps for Kids

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Palestinian militant group Hamas announced Thursday that it had a large number of children signing up for its annual summer camp where youths are trained in militancy.

The annual summer camps called “Talayiea Al Tahrir” or “Vanguards of Liberation” seek to “ignite the flame of jihad in the generation of liberation, sow Islamic values ​​and prepare the expected victory army for the liberation of Palestine, Allah willing,” according to a Thursday news release from Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist and nationalist militant group ruling Gaza with a noteworthy presence in Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank).

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During the recent Israel-Gaza conflict, Hamas was one of the many Palestinian armed factions that fought Israel, firing massive barrages of rockets toward Israeli cities, leading to the death and injury of several Israelis.

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The United States, Israel and the European Union consider Hamas to be a terrorist group. The group often incites violence against Israelis through means such as but not limited to directly calling for Palestinians to clash with Israeli authorities, posting how-to videos about conducting terror attacks and releasing terror cartoons.

The al-Qassam Brigades announced the opening of registration for this year’s “Vanguards of Liberation” summer camp on Sunday, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal reported. The group was seeking “preparatory to university-aged males” to enlist at sign-up locations in various parts of the Gaza Strip.

The al-Qassam Brigades had registration sites set up near mosques and in public areas, enlisting children “between the afternoon and sunset prayers,” according to the news release.

On Thursday, the Brigades claimed they had “a huge turnout for registration” for the camps in multiple areas of the Gaza Strip on their official Telegram channel.

A promotional video Hamas published on the camp’s official Telegram channel shows some of the activities that Hamas will make children take part in.

The promotional video, media releases from the camp in 2019 and reporting from the Long War Journal, Insider and The Times of Israel all suggest that in the camps, Hamas trains children in developing their physique through marches and exercises, in passing through obstacles such as barbed wires and fire hoops, in climbing and in handling firearms, among other things.

Hamas has been organizing such camps annually, according to the Long War Journal.

The al-Qassam Brigades say they started their first annual camp in 2015 in the news release, renewing it every year since. However, the camp’s official Telegram channel shows no media releases from 2020 suggesting that the group did not hold its annual summer camp then due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking a break in what was a yearly occurrence.

Hamas describes the “Vanguards of Liberation” camps as “summer scouting camps.”

Israel, however, considers the camps to be an “annual operation” to teach “thousands of children in the Gaza Strip how to carry out acts of terror against civilians while engraining them with hatred.”

Hamas is not the only U.S.- and Israel-designated terror group conducting such summer camps for children. The Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah hold similar camps, the Long War Journal reported.

According to Long War Journal, Palestinian militant groups’ dealings with minors in Gaza are not limited to the summer camps. The outlet reported that “evidence occasionally surfaces strongly suggesting” that they also recruit minors.

“Until Gaza’s militant groups believe it’s not in their interest to recruit minors into their military wing, it’s highly likely this form of child exploitation will continue indefinitely,” FDD analyst Joe Truzman wrote in his report.

The 2021 camp comes as last month a New York magazine report suggested that due to damage caused by the war with Israel, COVID-19 might be the “next disaster to strike Gaza.”

If the magazine’s suggestions hold true and a significant number of people in Gaza are not vaccinated by then, the children participating in the camps might be at risk of infection.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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